An Electric Fence for Your Dog-The Drawbacks

Jun 12 17:35 2011 Terry Legaleto Print This Article

If you are considering investing in an electric dog fence for your dog then you will need to consider the advantages and disadvantages of electric dog fences.

Here are some advantages and disadvantages of electric fences for your dog..
Electric Dog Fence Advantages

The advantages of an electric dog fence include-
1.    Aesthetics-and invisible dog fence is a far more attractive proposition than a physical boundary around your dog’s play area,Guest Posting especially if you want to give him a good swipe of ground around your property in which to frolic.

In fact some zoning guidelines, depending on where you live, will prohibit physical boundaries around your property.

2.    Cost of your invisible dog fence
This is a big one for obvious reasons but a good invisible dog fence will do the job and at a much cheaper price than having to put up a physical fence to contain your dog. A physical dog fence will set you back anything from $1,000 upwards depending on the size of your property.
An electric dog fence can be bought and installed quickly for as little as a couple of hundred dollars.

3.    Effectiveness
Funny as this may seem, an electric dog fence will, if your dog is properly trained, do a better job of containing your dog than a physical fence.
Many dogs love the challenge of jumping a physical fence!

Invisible Dog Fence Disadvantages
The disadvantages of an invisible dog fence include-
1.    Dog training required
For maximum effectiveness of your new electric dog fence, you will need to train your dog. He will need to be trained to turn back when he hears the beep of the electric dog collar.

 You can train your dog for his new fence though with about two weeks training of 15 minutes twice a day.

2.    Power source needed
You will need a power source for your new electric fence. But this can be indoors if you don’t have one outside.

Where an electric dog fence may not be for you
You should not use an electric dog fence in the following situations-
1.    Owner not prepared to train the dog
If you are not prepared to train your dog for his new surroundings then an electric dog fence is not for you. Training your dog is essential for maximum effectiveness.

2.    Pregnant Dogs
If your dog is pregnant you should also give an electric dog fence a miss until the pregnancy is over.

3.    Small Dogs
Be mindful of purchasing the right invisible fence for your dog if he is small or less than 6 months old. Small dogs for example should only be asked to deal with an electric fence designed for small dogs.

4.    Aggressive Dogs
Aggressive dogs are not the best candidates for an invisible fence. You will have the problem of your dog escaping or strangers entering your property getting bitten.

The best approach with aggressive dogs is to use a combination of a physical fence and an electric one.

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